By DIANE DIERKS
Members of the Clay County Redevelopment Commission met Wednesday evening to discuss possible improvements to the Gasway/Arketex property located on North Meridian St. across from the Youth Football League field. The grounds once housed a factory, but the property is now vacant and is not in usable condition.
Jim Coffenberry, of West Central Indiana Economic Development, was on hand to consult with the Redevelopment Commission regarding potential solutions. According to Coffenberry, the Clay County Commissioners would like to apply for the Brownfield state grant, which would provide funds for an environmental study of the property.
The first phase of the study would identify potential contamination problems, such as asbestos, and the second phase would sample soil and other materials, in order to develop an environmental remediation plan. The Brownfield grant would cover all expenses for the study and once completed, the property owner would be responsible for implementing the remediation plan. The Clay County Redevelopment Commission would then be available to assist the property owner in creating a marketing plan and attracting buyers.
Mary Jo Alumbaugh, board member, moved for the Clay County Redevelopment Commission to support the decision of the Clay County Commissioners to apply for the Brownfield grant and President Bill Sisson seconded the motion.
The Redevelopment Commission is hopeful the project will move forward and contribute to the economic growth of Brazil. According to Alumbaugh, the mission of the Redevelopment Commission is to expand the tax base and create new jobs in Clay County. Supporting the County Commissioners' grant application will help move Brazil in that direction.
The Clay County Redevelopment Commission will next meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Clay County Courthouse.